AG Schneiderman introduces legislation to remove barriers for the wrongfully convicted to file claims for damages against the state

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants to revise part of the New York State Court of Claims Act. He wants to remove barriers to make it easier for the wrongfully convicted to file a claim for damages against the state. (2/20/14)

BROOKLYN - People wrongfully convicted of crimes may soon get help from the state.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants to revise part of the New York State Court of Claims Act. He wants to remove barriers to make it easier for the wrongfully convicted to file a claim for damages against the state.

"We're trying to clean this up and remove artificial barriers," said Schneiderman. "All this does is allow those who the court has already found to be wrongfully imprisoned and convicted to get their day in court to seek monetary compensation."

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The next step would be to introduce the legislation in the state Assembly and Senate. If the legislation is passed, it would also need the approval of Gov. Cuomo.

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